Now in its eighth year, English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer competition will this year be held at Sadler’s Wells, for the first time, on Thursday 25 May 2017.Through this annual event, English National Ballet recognises the excellence of its own artists. Selected by their peers, six of the company's most promising dancers perform in front of an eminent panel of expert … [Read more...] about English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer 2017 – judging panel and repertoire
I have been visiting Italy for the last 25 years and it has been my home for most of that time. For a quarter of a century I have been hearing about a production of the Nutcracker which was very popular during the ‘80s and ‘90s when the company Aterballetto took the ballet on tour. The choreography was by Aterballetto’s then director, Amedeo Amodio, and the striking designs by … [Read more...] about Amodio and Luzzati’s worthy Nutcracker on tour in Italy
If you are a ballet lover, use Twitter and don't yet follow the New York Times's Alastair Macaulay, you really should. His timeline is a witty mix of ballet facts and observations, and world views and opinions.He has probably seen more productions of The Nutcracker than any other living soul, so who better to provide the 'rules' for a traditional Nutcracker.He kicks off … [Read more...] about Alastair Macaulay’s A-G of Nutcracker rules!
In today’s edition of La Repubblica, it is reported that the new director of the corps de ballet at La Scala will be Mauro Bigonzetti.The announcement is not yet official but apparently the decision has been made and the theatre’s General Manager, Alexander Pereira, has met with union representatives to tell them of his choice.It is a choice that will surprise many as … [Read more...] about Mauro Bigonzetti to be the new director of ballet at La Scala
My first ballet experience was going to see the Nutcracker with my family. We caught the train from Surrey up to Waterloo, and walked along the Thames bank to the Royal Festival Hall where the London Festival Ballet were performing it twice a day throughout the Christmas period. The venue has changed and the name of the company has changed, but the schedule hasn’t: from 16 … [Read more...] about Backstage at the Nutcracker with the English National Ballet